Cosmetic surgery is becoming more popular in the UK over recent years. Advances in plastic surgery, coupled with a large range of treatments on offer, means there is now a bewildering array of cosmetic procedures available to the public from wrinkle reduction to lip enhancements.
If you are considering cosmetic surgery, it is essential that you think carefully about what you want and why you want it. You need to approach all procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, in a safe and considered way; do not rush in, take your time. It is important that you assess your options, do your research and find the right surgeon for the job. You’ll only get the result you want if you have a cosmetic procedure for the right reasons, at the right time, in the right place and with an appropriately qualified plastic surgeon who understands your needs. There will be times when a responsible and experienced surgeon will advise you against a procedure you are requesting if they think that is in your best interest even if you feel you want to go ahead.
Following the process on this checklist below will help you decide what is best for you and help ensure that your experience is a happy and rewarding one.
1. Think about the CHANGE you want to see
Do your research.
Find out all you can about the treatment/s you want.
Be precise as to the change you hope to see and the reasons why.
Be open to all your wishes perhaps not being achievable.
2. CHECK OUT potential surgeons.
If you are thinking about cosmetic surgery, speak to your GP.
Make sure that you find a surgeon who has the right qualifications and is on the appropriate specialist register with the GMC. Fully qualified plastic surgeons will be on the GMC specialist register for Plastic Surgery.
Find out about their experience of the procedure you are considering and make sure you meet them before you commit to having something done.
3. Have a thorough CONSULTATION and ask the right questions.
Your surgeon will discuss and clarify the treatment options with you and then plan your treatment.
Find out as much as possible by bringing along questions so you know the risks involved and feel comfortable with the surgeon who will be carrying out your surgery.
4. COOL off before you commit.
You need to be confident about your decision to have cosmetic surgery. So after your initial consultation, give yourself some time to ensure that you want the surgery and to make sure you feel at ease with the surgeon who will be treating you. Don’t commit to surgery if you have any doubts that either the procedure, or the surgeon, is the right one for you. Often your surgeon will advise a second consultation before the final decisions are made. Beware of pressure from free consultations, time sensitive discounts and other offers influencing your choices and decisions.
5. CARE about your aftercare.
Aftercare can be just as important as the surgery itself, so make sure you know who to contact and how you will be looked after, especially if there are any complications or problems following your surgery or treatment.